The Q&A Archives: Brachyscome

Question: I live in zone 6. We typically get hot and humid summers. I would like to plant brachyscome in a container which receives full southern exposure most of the day.

1. How will it do under these conditions?
2. I understand it trails somewhat but gets big and billowy. Would it do well planted in a container by itself or does it look best with other flowers in the middle (can you make a suggestion?).

Answer: Brachycome, or Swan river daisy, is a delightful, airy, sprawling perennial which bears masses of dainty daisylike flowers. The plants prefer cool temperatures and will perform poorly, or disappear altogether, during prolonged hot spells. You may want to sow seeds in August for autumn display when temperatures are cooler. Brachycome will fill a container all by itself and may resent sharing space. Try growing it alone at first. If it thrives, you can add other plants next time you plant.

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